“You have to try the 2 Series Gran Coupe.” These words from a friend certainly piqued my interest as I slotted a key into the ignition before twisting the engine to life. My drive this morning was in no way quick nor rapid, but with minimal weight to throw around, a light yet delicate shift […]Read more "Two be or not to be: Driving the BMW 218i Gran Coupe M Sport"
The ability to act with restraint, judgement and reasoning while giving way to feeling and emotion. An idea that revolves around the necessity of finding a workable middle ground between passion and reason. An idea that after driving the new Mini Cooper Clubman S around for a weekend, felt like it could have come straight […]Read more "Sense & Sensibility: Driving the F54 Mini Cooper Clubman S"
It finally happened. After more than 10 years with a blemish-free driving record, a letter arrived in the mail to relieve me of a good amount of money and an equally good amount of points. Yes, ladies and gents, I’ve been caught speeding. But, at least it wasn’t the worst car to get caught in […]Read more "Maxi Mini: Driving the F60 Mini JCW Countryman ALL4"
2019 was a rather memorable automotive year for me, having finally brought home a BMW 2002 after yearning for one for decades, it was also a year which brought me closer to the Mini marque thanks to the kind folks at BMW Asia and Mini Habitat Singapore. Sending me across the World to visit the […]Read more "60 years young: Driving the F55 Mini Cooper S 5 Door 60 Years Edition"
If you, like me, were a kid of the 80s or 90s and grew up stuck in front of your television playing Gran Turismo since the beginning, chances are that this car needs no introduction. One of a handful of Mine’s tuned vehicles offered to players in the second iteration of Playstation’s flagship racer, the […]Read more "Gran Vision: Otto Mobile’s 1/18 Mine’s R34 Skyline GT-R"
I think it is safe to say that it’s been common knowledge that in Japan, the love of speed has been around for quite several years. With Japan pumping out serious cult speed machines since the 80s through to the early 2000s, midnight street racers shooting down the wangan expressways maketh the dreams of all […]Read more "Double (miniature) Trouble: Tomica Limited Vintage 1/64 Porsche 912 and Nissan Bluebird Wagon 警察車"
With my single month’s worth of BMW Access now ended, it was time to hand the ever reliable and useful X1 back to its handlers. The car performed exceptionally well as a daily driver, allowing me to commute everywhere with ease and haul cargo without any worries. Coming from owning series of cars that are […]Read more "Accessing Joy: Day 30(ish)"
Well, we are halfway through over one month “ownership” of our BMW X1 courtesy of BMW’s Access program and so far, have been using it pretty much every day for pretty much everything, nothing has gone wrong with the car, and I’ve begun to like to quite a bit. The last time I tested the […]Read more "Accessing Joy: Day 16"
For those who’ve been keeping track, yours truly had unexpectedly managed to win a full month’s worth of access to, erm, Access by BMW. A new automotive subscription service by BMW that promises all the joy of having a BMW to drive, without the commitments that come with vehicular ownership. Coming from an owner’s perspective, […]Read more "Accessing Joy: Day 01"
Through the years, I’ve had the good fortune of test driving almost all the latest machines coming out of the fabled Munich manufacturer’s front gates but, there were a few that managed to slip by and the much-celebrated 1M was one of them. Somehow, the opportunities to bring the 1M out for a drive just […]Read more "Dear BMW: Driving the BMW 1M"